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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel | Hank Green
In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green--cocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow--spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined. The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship--like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor--April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world--everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires--and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight. Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us. Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social internet is changing fame, rhetoric, and radicalization; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring from the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye.
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krissylovesbooks75
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Sat outside and got some sun over the weekend while reading this. Got a little sunburnt, but that's okay because I really enjoyed this! Sci-fi is not really my genre, but I thought this was a fast read with an interesting, unusual storyline. And I loved how much the negative side of social media played into the story. I can't wait for the sequel! #hankgreen

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4thhouseontheleft
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Mehso-so

🙇🏻‍♀️⬅️ Me realizing this book is not a standalone. I want to know what happens next; I don‘t want to read another book to find out.

This was a great concept with a diverse cast of characters, but I‘m not a big fan of Hank Green‘s writing style. I did like the blend of sci-fi w/ commentary on today‘s social media obsessed culture.

#booked2019 #socialmediafocus
#pop19 : revolves around puzzle/game
#MountTBR
Bk 4/6 #bookfitnesschallenge

OrangeMooseReads It took me a bit to get use to Hank‘s writing style it‘s so much different than John‘s. 3d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Way to double up your challenges! Sorry it wasn‘t so great ... 👊🏻📚♥️ 3d
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RadicalReader @4thhouseontheleft what‘s the first book of this series? 3d
4thhouseontheleft @RadicalReader This is the first book, which ends on a cliffhanger. 😒 3d
4thhouseontheleft @OrangeMooseReads It is quite different from John's! It felt a bit repetitive to me, and I don't really feel he pulled off the blending of sci-fi with contemporary analysis of celebrity culture. @barbarathebibliophage Thanks! It wasn't bad, and I don't regret reading it, it just wasn't a solid 👍. Perfect book for this prompt, though! 3d
Cinfhen Great review.....so helpful to know it ends on a cliffhanger 😖hate that!!!! 3d
ravenlee I unabashedly look up synopses/spoilers when I don‘t want to continue a series but would like some resolution. I did that with The Hunger Games movies, because I hated the third one and refused to watch the fourth. From my research, I would have loathed the last one. 3d
Ashley_Nicoletto I loved this book. Was pretty irritated that it‘s a series and I didn‘t know. 🤣🤣 3d
BethM Killing your book goal! I hate unexpectedly finding out it‘s in a series. 3d
guinsgirlreads Awesome job on your book goal!! Woo 🥳! 3d
VanChocStrawberry Go you! Glad I know it‘s not a stand alone now! 2d
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4thhouseontheleft
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After a hot and ☀️ day at the Family Fun Day hubby‘s surgical group organized at a lakefront Y summer camp facility, I‘m ready to sit down, finish this book, and enjoy my sparkling water with muddled blackberries and lime!

#bookfitnesschallenge folks: I was thinking of you when I said no thank you to the brownies on offer! 😄👍

@hermyknee I think I first saw this brand 💧 in one of your posts, it was recently on sale at WF and I am a fan!

hermyknee Topo Chico is the best! 4d
4thhouseontheleft @hermyknee It is good! I am usually strictly a Pellegrino fan for unflavored sparkling water, but I like Topo Chico just as much! 4d
Velvetfur That drink sounds lovely and good on you for the strength to resist the brownies 💪 4d
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DivineDiana Need to try muddling some blackberries and lime! 4d
BarbaraJean Blackberries and lime—YUM! 4d
BookwormAHN 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3d
guinsgirlreads 🙌🏻🙌🏻 nice! 3d
VanChocStrawberry That sounds amazing! My kids and I went to see Hank and John on tour for this book. ❤️ 3d
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4thhouseontheleft
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Someone‘s being cute this afternoon. #catsoflitsy #HelloKitty

CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 5d
Leftcoastzen 😻awwwww! 5d
That-Bookish-Hiker Cutie! 😻 5d
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That-Bookish-Hiker Cutie! 😻 5d
wanderinglynn Aw, so sweet! ❤️🐱 5d
Velvetfur Aaawww I love when they do that with their pawsies! 🐱💜 5d
Tamra I can‘t not tickle furry bellies! 5d
CoverToCoverGirl Oh! That face! 4d
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4thhouseontheleft
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Truth! The sharpest critics are often blind to their own shortcomings and mistakes. #quote

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4thhouseontheleft
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Enjoying afternoon tea on the porch and a new book after a lovely Mother‘s Day Hike, our annual tradition! I‘m so happy the rain held off!

Melissa_J Your mug 😂 ‘That‘s no ordinary rabbit!‘ 1w
rabbitprincess I need that mug!! 🐰😸 1w
Velvetfur I love that tradition of A Mother's Day hike 💜 1w
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Beatlefan129 Quick, get the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch! 1w
4thhouseontheleft @Melissa_J @rabbitprincess @Beatlefan129 I wish I knew where the mug came from, it was a gift! 😃 1w
BooknerdsLife Happy Mother‘s Day to you 🙌🏼🌸📚 1w
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SarahMillerBooks
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This book is absolutely FLYING by. A fast read with substance is such a treat. (And so is the long-awaited sunshine in the background.) ☀️📚

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overtheedge
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What a good damn read!! I took a chance on this.....I have read so many great reviews. Im glad I took the chance because this was awesome. Part mystery, part sci-fi, part fantasy-these parts converge with brilliance, twists and a cast of characters that are relatable. This book is about the effects on a person who attains sudden celebrity.
Amazing and fun. recommended

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Soubhiville
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Thank you Amy for your card and this book! What a nice surprise! I added it to my TBR after a recommendation from a B&N employee at the Lisa See bookclub meeting. 😊. It sounds like a fun read to me, I‘m looking forward to it!

AmyG Enjoy! I was so happy to pass this on to you. 3w
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jackilynn
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I highly recommend the audio for this. It was engaging and entertaining. Full of pop culture references and song lyrics. I have recently learned that this isn't a stand alone & there will be a sequel. After that ending, I couldn't be more excited!!!

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jackilynn
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Apparently someone has decided that I am not allowed to read my book tonight. He crawled under the book & sat right in front of my face.

Eyelit What an adorable impediment to your reading! 3w
jackilynn @Eyelit he so rarely wants to snuggle so after countless nudges against my book and/or hand I figured it was useless to try to continue to read, at least until I gave him some of the attention he was looking for lol 3w
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Chelsea.Poole
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At first, I was skeptical. And then I started really getting into this. I liked the pacing and felt some major Ready Player One vibes with all the pop culture references. Also, the look at social media and how we use it to portray the "us" we want others to see is very timely. Listened to the #audiobook on #Libby. ? ?

8little_paws Do you happen to know when the sequel comes out? 3w
AmyG It took me a bit to get into this...and I loved it. A sequel? Nice! @8little_paws 3w
Buechersuechtling Thanks for posting this and engaging my attention. It‘s already published in Germany and I‘m curious when (one of my) my libraries will buy it. (It was funny how I knew right away who the author is even though I‘m no John Green fan.) 3w
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Chelsea.Poole @8little_paws I don't know about the next book, but I do know it is necessary! 3w
Chelsea.Poole @AmyG sounds like me! 3w
Chelsea.Poole @Buechersuechtling you should put in a request at your libraries. When someone requests something at our libraries, we almost always get it for them 😊 3w
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4thhouseontheleft
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1. A Dance With 🐉 by George R.M. Martin, and Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi.
2. #currentlylistening to Lincoln in the Bardo
3. Tagged book

#weekendreads

Sharpeipup I tried listening to Lincoln in the Bardo but couldn‘t pay attention to the story as I tried to name the celebrity voices... 4w
rachelsbrittain I still need to read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. Been sitting on my bookshelf for waaay too long. Thanks for joining in 💜 4w
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ladylionbot
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Loved it. Everyone who uses the Internet should read this book.

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AmyG
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#Booked2019 #Spring #SocialMedia

I almost put it down and then...it picked up. A young woman becomes a celebrity, through social media, when she is the first to find one of 60+ robots dropped into cities around the world. Sounds kind of silly but...it was a good book. A metaphor for our times and how if we continue to work against each other, as opposed to together, things will not end well.

MelissaSue81 I never read sci fi type books but I LOVED this one. 1mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I had a hard time liking the MC😅 1mo
IamIamIam I absolutely hated the main character but I kept going and I loved that she didn't even like herself! It ended up being a pretty interesting read for me. Carl was my clear favorite! 2w
AmyG @IamIamIam I didn‘t like her either. Carl ❤️ 2w
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tjwill
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Awesome endpapers: “Knowing something is a bad idea does not always decrease the odds that you will do it.”

BookHoarder32 Loved this book ❤️ 1mo
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tjwill
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This was a fun book. I kept picking it back up because I wanted to know what would happen. April May is not always a likable protagonist because she makes lots of bad decisions, but I always wanted her to succeed. April‘s life changes when she sees a huge robot on a NYC street early in the morning. She makes a YouTube video with her friend Andy and they become famous. Their world changes and they learn about the dangers of social media.

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tjwill
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Reading outside during tball practice!

Owlizabeth I love that bookmark!! 1mo
tjwill @Owlizabeth Thanks! I should have tried to get better light to show it better. It‘s a wooden one, which is cool. 1mo
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tjwill
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I preordered, then never got to this one until now. Here we go!

candority How could it possibly take that long to get your preorder?! I would be so mad 😠 1mo
BookHoarder32 I think she means she preordered but didnt start reading it until now? @candority 1mo
tjwill @candority @BookHoarder32 Yeah, I got it that week. I‘ve just had many other books that came first. I‘m only just getting the opportunity to read it. 1mo
candority @tjwill @BookHoarder32 I totally read that sentence wrong - that‘s embarrassing! 🙈😂 I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
tjwill @candority Don‘t worry about it! Thanks, I am so far! 1mo
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Skeeterisme
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Fascinatingly timely and excellent

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cariashley
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I liked this much more than I expected! I wouldn‘t have typically even picked this up, but it was highly recommended by my coworker. It was a very well done satire in a clever, unpredictable sci fi framework. I especially liked the commentaries on fame, identity, authenticity and the media (both social and mainstream), but there‘s a lot of interesting stuff on art as well.

Thanks to Sullivan🐱 for stepping into my shot. #catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads Kitty paws make any photo better. 😸 3mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I really enjoyed this one too and I wasn‘t sure that I would. 3mo
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EH2018
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A fun quirky read! Thanks @WanderingBookaneer !!

*Knowing something is a bad idea doesnt always decrease the odds that you will do it*

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Elma
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I'm still not entirely sure what to make of this one. The social commentary was on point. It was a good example of how to do an unlikable character well; making them someone you still root for. And the pop culture references were kept to a minimum. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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IamIamIam
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I loved this! Unlikable characters are always fun and April May is just so awful! Ultimately, the chatter behind giant samurai Transformers is a commentary on how addicting and dehumanizing social media is becoming. I enjoyed the relationships as well as how much of a human being April really is, warts and all. It was refreshing. Bonus find for #Booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast which is Dear Hank & John!!! Glad I checked!

IamIamIam @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft 👍👍👍 Now, it looks like The Lost City of Z just gets taken off #mountTBR... lol 3mo
Cinfhen Would this work for #socialmediafocus ??!? #booked2019 3mo
IamIamIam @Cinfhen Ooooh, I hadn't looked that far ahead but it definitely would work for that prompt!!! 3mo
Cinfhen That‘s great! People have been 👀 for suggestions xx 3mo
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Joriebooks
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This book was an interesting take on the aliens are invading story. April is stuck at a job she does like, when one night on the way home she happens across a giant statue and decide to video it. April and her friends learn that there are a total of 64 “Carls” across the world and no one knows why they are there.

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EH2018
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Thank you sooooo much @WanderingBookaneer !!! I LOVE everything! Especially all the book notes! We were moving and unpacking all day (sorry for the delay - I had to keep fighting the urge to drop everything and open them all) I am really looking forward to digging in. 📚💕📚💕 Thank you for hosting @BookishMarginalia #cupidgoespostal

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3mo
WanderingBookaneer I‘m glad you liked it. I wanted to get loads more, but these were in your TBR and they are great reads. 3mo
EH2018 This was perfect! Thank you @WanderingBookaneer 3mo
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gradcat I‘ve read a few of these...some great choices in there! 📚 ❤️👍 3mo
hermyknee Wow!!! What a great haul!!! 🙌🏼💖💙💚 3mo
Booksarelove i wanna borrow remarkable thing! 3mo
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IamIamIam
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April is a giant pain in the ass but as much as I can't stand her, I really do get her! I love an unlikable character!!! I do feel badly for her girlfriend, Mya, though. She seems too sensible for April.

kgriffith LoL, this reminds me of my review of The Price of Salt and the conversation @saresmoore and I had in the comments 😝 (edited) 3mo
IamIamIam @kgriffith Ooh, I'll have to check it out!!!! 3mo
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IamIamIam
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So where Nick & Norah took place in NYC when I was close to the same age as the characters doing stupid crap, these characters are a good 20 years younger than me. Millenials making comments about how important your digital life is kind of puts a bad taste in my mouth... I'll stick it out for now....
*EDIT* After 36 minutes, I'm coming around... lol

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IamIamIam
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Umm... I didn't notice that this happened 2 days ago... 😬😬😬😬

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Jenken1998
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I liked the story but not any of the characters. The storyline follows 20 somethings as they rise to fame after posting a video of a "sculpture" that mysteriously appears in NYC over night.You ride along with the mc and her friends as the deal with identity, fame and the unknown. I think the author captured what a weird society we live in at this time. I will read the sequel when it comes out bc it left me wondering if humanity survives.

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Jenken1998
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Want to finish this before bed.. the dog gave up and is out like a light 🐶😴

Erofan 🐶💕 3mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I finished 13 books in January.

Favorites: Nevermoor, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, American Overdose, and What We Were Promised.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did great!! 📚💕 4mo
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rjsthumbelina
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I really liked this one. I know it got mixed reviews, and I will agree that April May was mostly very unlikeable, but that seemed like a meditation on how fame can change a person. I liked the mysteries surrounding the Karls too, although I wish that at least something could have been explained before this book ended! I listened to this as an #audiobook on #scribd

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HammySammy
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Got myself a reading buddy.

Lylah Great pic! 4mo
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tome.fries
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🌟🌟🌟🌟

Even though I couldn't stand the main character for the vast majority of it, it was still an excellent, intellectual Sci-Fi mystery with some social (media) commentary thrown in.

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emtobiasz
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The clock was ticking this morning when, less than 12 hrs before #under40bookclub, I was only 45 pages into this book... & hating it.

The next 50 pages were better so I went to book club anyway & they graciously brought me up to speed. I‘m interested enough in what they said that I‘m still going to try to finish it, although I don‘t anticipate liking the main character any better...

If you‘ve read it, what did you think? Can you stand April May?

BookHoarder32 She.... wasn't my favorite, but I found it an interesting read. 4mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I loved this book so effing much.

It was smart and funny and I went in fairly blind so I wasn‘t expecting the social commentary.

April May is an awful character in most moments, but I can‘t help but love her.

Someone please tell me there will be another.

Also, how many berries is to many berries before bed? 🤣

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That looks great! All the berries!! 4mo
Pruzy When a stomachache happens... 4mo
MelissaSue81 I 100% agree with your entire review. Except the berries. 4mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I truly cannot decide if I should skip this chapter or not.

Like what kind of graphic violence?

🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😬😬

Melissa_J I‘ve never seen that type of warning in a book before. I‘d probably keep reading and then skip over the violent parts if I found they bothered me. 4mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Melissa_J I read them. They were gross. 🤢 definitely graphic, but brief. 4mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Melissa_J Also, I‘ve seen this only one other time and the book had a very very specific trigger warning on the first page. 4mo
CouronneDhiver Eek. If it can be skipped over, I wonder if those bits should have been included at all...? 4mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @CouronneDhiver I read them and I would disagree and say that they can‘t be skipped over. She really does warn you before they happen so you could skip that sentence but not the whole chapter b 4mo
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LaurenReads
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That was a crazy book and I need the next book! I seriously thought this was just a book about social media fame going into it 😂 boy was I wrong - it‘s that and so much more! #botm

Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m almost finished with this one and I can‘t believe how much I‘m enjoying it. It‘s bananas. 4mo
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morgan_lionheart
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This was pretty fun and engaging, but the main character was really obnoxious, and all the worse because she kept pointing out her own obnoxiousness. I wish the author had done more research about what it is like to be a famous woman in the internet - the main character just shrugs off intent harassers, which felt very unreal to me.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Did a tiny amount of book speed dating (stole this idea from @ReadingEnvy ) last night and I think this shall be my next snowy day read.

ReadingEnvy Speed dating is the best! 4mo
8little_paws I'm thinking I might read this in my next tbr pile. My bf got it through botm and he mostly liked it. 4mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @8little_paws I am loving it. It‘s funny and quirky and has made me say WHAT out loud while laughing multiple times. The main character is slightly unlikeable, but that‘s a thing that I enjoy. 4mo
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Kimberlone
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Mehso-so

Finally finished my first read of 2019. I didn‘t love it, but I got through it quickly and it got me out of my reading slump.

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Kimberlone
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Today‘s edition of crimes against books: salsa drippings on the page. At least the salsa was good.

CouronneDhiver 😐 Oopsie 4mo
Kimberlone @CouronneDhiver basically! Luckily it wiped away without leaving much of a spot 4mo
Reggie You are not alone. I lived in this city named Las Cruces and where I lived was basically 2 blocks away in any direction of the best hole in the wall Mexican restaurants. Almost every book I owned in my 20‘s had this happen to them. Lol 4mo
Velvetfur Oh no! I'm glad the salsa was good though 😂 4mo
Kimberlone @Reggie i think I would be okay with sacrificing a few book pages for really good Mexican food. Living in AK, we are pretty limited 4mo
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Kimberlone
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First stop in my journey to catch up on my #BOTM backlog. Seven more to go after this!

hermyknee I‘m way behind, too! 4mo
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HaleyG14
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I didn‘t know what to expect from Hank Green‘s first novel, but I am glad I picked it up. It perfectly depicts how social media has become a way for notoriety, fame, and projecting a brand instead of the true person behind the profile. It also displays how it can ban groups of people together for a cause, even though it almost always connects a group in opposition. I just hope there is a sequel, because the ending leaves you hanging.

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Mindelan
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Starting today early after being sick/sleeping most of the day yesterday. Preschoolers bring potent germs back from break, y‘all. Don‘t have a ton of energy, and very happy to have a good book to keep me company. Green‘s debut is intriguing, creepy (I‘m a pushover), and thoughtful. I haven‘t read a book that makes me this uncertain of the plot is heading in a while, and I‘m enjoying it!

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Cityofamber
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I enjoyed this book so much. But I need the sequel ASAP. This book was odd and quirky and I didn‘t want to put it down.

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Josiedlove
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Megabooks I‘m really enjoying this one! 4mo
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cristaldeglace
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Nette Geschichte um sie nebenbei zu lesen. Aber erwartet nicht zu viel

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Josiedlove
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Exactly my plans for the next few hours before I step out in this rain... I have soooo many books to read in sooooo little time...🤷🏻‍♀️

#readingtime📖 #booksaremagic #bookstagram #justcanthelpmyself #walkingintoalibraryspellstrouble #greedy #lovebooks #bookjunkie #bookjunkieforlife #readingissexy #bookstagramfeatures #bookporn #bookpages #hankgreen #anabsolutelyremarkablething

WanderingBookaneer Indeed! 4mo
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